First, I've booked this hotel a while ago, so I actually got a good price on agoda.ca.
The first thing that prompted me to book this hotel is definitely the washing and drying machine. I wasn't disappointed at all! However, keep in mind, it will usually take at least 3 hours to complete the whole cycle! So I would suggest either wash it before you head out to sight-see or during the night (although it is not too quiet and it will beep when it's done). First pack of laundry soap is free, but then you have to buy it for only 30 yen!!!
I might've forgotten when I booked the hotel, but it did come with free breakfast buffet. The food selection is not bad. Not a picky eater here. Of course you cannot compare it to buffet in big and luxurious hotels. However, I do find the food sometimes not hot enough.
The room itself is not spacious, but it is pretty new. However, the bathroom is much bigger than most business hotel with a huge tub as well. One thing to keep in mind, there is no room service for 6 days or less, but the cleaning stuff will change your garbage and linens. Again, I'm not a messy person, so it wasn't a big deal. Plus, I never understand people who treat the hotel room as a garbage dump. One thing I find it irritating is the air-conditioner's light really disturbs my sleep because it's so bright, but I don't think there's anything I could do about that except turn the air-con off. Also, the hotel does not provide cups for tea etc. It would be nice to at least have a cup for the tea packs near the electric kettle and microwave.
The hotel's security is really top-notched. You need a key card in order to go into the elevator and up to your floor.
The location is perfect as it is in the heart of Ikebukuro and is near the JR train station. As many of you have pointed out, take the West C6 exit, then turn left on the main street once you are up the escalator until you see a 7-11, then turn left again and you'll see it on your right pretty soon. There are many restaurants open at night near the area as well.
The staff is attentive and speaks pretty well English (although I've also used my minimum Japanese as well). One girl in glasses tried to help me about delivering my luggage to Narita Airport.
If the price is right again, I will definitely book this hotel.
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